By Tracy Lewis, Managing Director
These are indeed strange and challenging times! You learn a lot about yourself as a Business Leader and about the amazing team of people, both internal and external, that support the business during such times. It is a time to understand the importance of being supportive to your clients, to your partner network and to your staff. The importance of being agile and authentic without losing sight of the crisis situation.
We have all heard the term “business as usual” over the last few weeks, but this is far from usual. Whilst we are able to continue to support our clients, I think we all agree that this is most definitely “business as unusual”.
Now, more than ever, is a time to reflect. A time to understand that the world has been in crisis for a long time, long before COVID-19; the difference being that the climate crisis does not seemingly have an immediate effect, it is not something which we can see or feel the impact of as we move through our day-to-day lives. And yet, I fear that when this is over (and it will be over) most will go back to their old routines and the things that we have taken for granted for so long – our liberty, time with our families, enjoying outside spaces – will once again become a very fragile expectancy. I heard a term today “don’t waste a crisis” and it was a very powerful message. Let us not waste the time that many of us have today which we have not had before. Let us learn from this period in time. What we have proved as a nation is that when we feel under threat we come together like never before. The coronavirus has affected each and every one of us but, as it does so, our world is breathing a sigh of relief. For the world and its inhabitants to survive we must not only tackle the crisis we are feeling the massive impact of today, but the climate crisis, the impact of which will continue to destroy the very things we hold dear. Managing the urgency of COVID-19 today is, of course, a priority for all, but let us start to deliberate our Net Zero Carbon strategies and give some focus to a future for us all today and years to come.